A Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert

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The novel describes the life of a young man (Frederic Moreau) living through the revolution of 1848 and the founding of the Second French Empire, and his love for an older woman (based on the wife of the music publisher Maurice Schlesinger, who is portrayed in the book as Jacques Arnoux). Flaubert based many of the protagonist's experiences (including the romantic passion) on his own life.

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The 91st greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 5th on The 25 Favorite Books of 100 Francophone Writers (Telerama)
  2. - 10th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  3. - 26th on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  4. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  5. - Finest Works of Fiction (Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors)

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